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There's a rumor going around that Chello is limiting all but the most used ports to less than what you should get. Right now my download is ~1400 and the cap is 1500, that's ok. But playing online is almost impossible, since the connection just can't keep up.

Is there a way to test download speed using ports that aren't used much?

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Any news yet?

I might have a problem uploading, I get this:

::: Upload Stats :::

Connection is: 38 kbps about 0 Mbps (tested with 97 KB)

Upload Speed is: 5 Kb/sec

Auth Code: 250571 (validate a http://www.testmy.net)

Bottom Line: 1 times faster than 56K you can upload 1MB in 204.8 second(s)

Validation Link :: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/auth_check.cgi?top=&ta=&num=250571&kbps=38&gen=gen&a=4&b=0&c=1145.14285714286

::: Upload Stats :::

Connection is: 42 kbps about 0 Mbps (tested with 97 KB)

Upload Speed is: 5 Kb/sec

Auth Code: 250631 (validate a http://www.testmy.net)

Bottom Line: 1 times faster than 56K you can upload 1MB in 204.8 second(s)

Validation Link :: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/auth_check.cgi?top=&ta=&num=250631&kbps=42&gen=gen&a=4&b=0&c=1145.14285714286

It's supposed to be 128 up, but then again, it could be chello limiting bandwidth again. :x

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How could they limit ports that are on your computer?? I mean doesnt your connection go into a router? Then the router routes it to the nessary ports correct?? So the ISP doesnt have control of the router. Therefore how could they limit speed on the mutiplayer ports. I have never heard of anything like this. Let me know what you find out! You might have a good case in court if they do limit the ports speed. :twisted:

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You can think of it this way... your connection goes through their routers... their routers are before your router (or computer) therefor they have control over your ports before you do.

Alot of cable providers turn off some ports to prevent servers running (so that you need to get their business level of service) port 21 and 80 mostly.

It would not suprise me all that much if they would slow down some common game server ports. It doesn't take too much bandwidth to play a MPG (4-12 KB/sec), but hosting one will take a bit more (4-12 KB/sec per player) and the provider doesn't want you leaving a server up for weeks on end sucking up the bandwidth.

Like I said I will do a little research to give me an idea of how I will build this :)

- Damon

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It's already illigal to run a server using chello, but I don't care, sometimes I just have to host :D

4 - 12 KB/sec for a MPG? That's low, and if online gameplay is laggy, they must be limiting the ports to even lower. :x

Swimmer: You can't prove that game ports are being restricted, they'll just say your tests were flawed and the results inconclusive.

With specific port testing ZoneAlarm might be the biggest problem you'll face, it blocks any access to ports other than legally allowed ones, and then it's still very strict.

Edit: Is there any way to improve online gameplay? Quake 3 offers a few options, but ignoring those...

RWin doesn't affect it right?

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PARTY TIME! It's official! :lol:

Chello is raising caps, from 1500 to 2560 down, and from 128 to 384 upload.

Bad part is that it may take a few months before existing members get the speed increase. New members benefit from the new speed caps immidiatly. :x

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Two months later and I've been upgraded yesterday. There's still a bit of tweaking I gotta do:

::: Download Stats :::

Connection is: 1921 Kbps about 1.9 Mbps (tested with 1496 KB)

Download Speed is: 234 KB/sec

Auth Code: 2028816 (validate at http://www.testmy.net)

Bottom Line: 34 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 4.38 second(s)

Validation Link :: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/auth_check.cgi?ta=&top=&align=&num=2028816&kbps=1921&gen=gen&a=3.42857142857143&b=1.71428571428571&c=1145.14285714286

Upload is still dead on the old comp and the new one went from 80 kbps to 40 kbps. Weird...

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Getting better...

::: Download Stats :::

Connection is: 2188 Kbps about 2.2 Mbps (tested with 1496 KB)

Download Speed is: 267 KB/sec

Auth Code: 2032821 (validate at http://www.testmy.net)

Bottom Line: 39 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 3.84 second(s)

Validation Link :: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/auth_check.cgi?ta=&top=&align=&num=2032821&kbps=2188&gen=gen&a=4&b=1.71428571428571&c=1145.14285714286

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And... not getting any faster. Bloody upload.

::: Download Stats :::

Connection is: 2253 Kbps about 2.3 Mbps (tested with 1496 KB)

Download Speed is: 275 KB/sec

Auth Code: 2033796 (validate at http://www.testmy.net)

Bottom Line: 40 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 3.72 second(s)

Validation Link :: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/auth_check.cgi?ta=&top=&align=&num=2033796&kbps=2253&gen=gen&a=16.5714285714286&b=1.71428571428571&c=1145.14285714286

::: Download Stats :::

Connection is: 2278 Kbps about 2.3 Mbps (tested with 1496 KB)

Download Speed is: 278 KB/sec

Auth Code: 2034171 (validate at http://www.testmy.net)

Bottom Line: 41 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 3.68 second(s)

Validation Link :: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/auth_check.cgi?ta=&top=&align=&num=2034171&kbps=2278&gen=gen&a=16.5714285714286&b=1.71428571428571&c=1145.14285714286

::: Upload Stats :::

Connection is: 69 Kbps about 0.1 Mbps (tested with 97 KB)

Upload Speed is: 8 KB/sec

Auth Code: 251036 (validate at http://www.testmy.net)

Bottom Line: 1 times faster than 56K you can upload 1MB in 128 second(s)

Validation Link :: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/auth_check.cgi?ta=&top=&align=&num=251036&kbps=69&gen=gen&a=16.5714285714286&b=1.71428571428571&c=1145.14285714286

::: Upload Stats :::

Connection is: 77 Kbps about 0.1 Mbps (tested with 97 KB)

Upload Speed is: 9 KB/sec

Auth Code: 251156 (validate at http://www.testmy.net)

Bottom Line: 1 times faster than 56K you can upload 1MB in 113.78 second(s)

Validation Link :: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/auth_check.cgi?ta=&top=&align=&num=251156&kbps=77&gen=gen&a=16.5714285714286&b=1.71428571428571&c=1145.14285714286

Oops. (2 computers downloading at the same time)

::: Download Stats :::

Connection is: 1000 Kbps about 1 Mbps (tested with 1496 KB)

Download Speed is: 122 KB/sec

Auth Code: 2015001 (validate at http://www.testmy.net)

Bottom Line: 18 times faster than 56K you can download 1MB in 8.39 second(s)

Validation Link :: https://testmy.net/cgi-bin/auth_check.cgi?ta=&top=&align=&num=2015001&kbps=1000&gen=gen&a=16.5714285714286&b=1.71428571428571&c=1145.14285714286

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